Fall colors peaking at Tamarac, other area leaf peeping hot spots this week

The time is now for viewing the plethora of orange, red, gold and brown hues popping up amongst the foliage at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Maplewood State Park, Dunton Locks and other area "hot spots" for fall color tours in our neck of northwest Minnesota.

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The fall colors are peaking right about now at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, located about 17 miles from Detroit Lakes.
Vicki Gerdes / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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DETROIT LAKES — Autumn has officially arrived in northwest Minnesota, as many area "hot spots" for viewing the fall colors are peaking this week.

The Detroit Lakes Tribune staff decided to get out and join in the fun, taking photos at Detroit Lakes City Park and Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Check out the photo galleries below.

The Facebook pages of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Maplewood State Park and Dunton Locks County Park are also bursting with various hues of orange, red, gold, brown, green, and even a few pinks and purples this week, as staff and visitors alike have begun posting their leaf peeping photos in abundance.

Want to get in on the fall color tour action? Send your photos to , or post them to the Tribune's Facebook page .

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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